Literature & Composition

This week the students will be taking AzMERIT. Writing will be on Monday and Reading on Wednesday and Friday.  We will not be having homework this week, so it is a great time for students to work on binder organization, study grammar and diagramming notes, and complete missing assignments if applicable.  In addition, the students should be getting good night’s sleep and bringing a low sugar/high protein snack.


Kinematics continued this week in Physical Science

With AzMerit testing there will be less time in class than usual, but we will continue our discussion of kinematics this week. The concepts of velocity and acceleration will be further flushed out, and we will begin an introduction to momentum.

For 5 points of extra credit, students can provide a written response to the following question on Tuesday:

A student records her odometer and time as 19,652 miles and 7:19 am when she leaves home; when she arrives at school, her odometer and time readings are 19,659 miles and 7:32 am. What was the students average speed on the drive to school?

All work must be shown, and the answer should be written with 3 significant figures. This problem should take your student 10 minutes at most.


This week the students will be taking AzMERIT. Math part one is on Wednesday and part two is on Friday. The students can use their own calculators on Wednesday (any scientific calculator, but no graphing calculators). We will not be having homework this week, but the students can be reviewing their notes for a few minutes each night to refresh their memory of the concepts we have gone over this year. In addition, the students should be getting good night’s sleep and bringing a low sugar/high protein snack.

Rome: from Kingdom to Republic

According to traditional Roman historiography, Romulus founded the city of Rome in 753 BC. Romulus became Rome’s first king, and he would be followed by six others. In 510 BC, Rome was under the rule of its seventh and final king, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus. He ruled with violence and intimidation, but tensions came to a head when his son Sextus Tarquinius raped a Roman noblewoman named Lucretia. It was this event that began the overthrow of the Roman kingdom and the establishment of the Roman Republic.

Literature & Composition

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing spring break.  This week we will continue working with the AZMerit practice materials, reviewing reading comprehension strategies, and analyzing and evaluating various types of writing.

AZMerit testing for reading and writing will take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of next week.

Please be sure to order The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis if you have not done so to date, as this will be our next literature text.

Introduction to Kinematics in Physical Science

Welcome back from Spring Break! This week in 7th Grade Physical Science we will be starting our introduction to kinematics; the Motion, Forces, and Energy textbook will be very useful for this topic, and students should plan on having it with them whenever they plan on doing homework or studying. Kinematics is the study of objects in motion, and the name is derived from the Greek kinein, which means “to move”. What we today call kinematics has been studied since antiquity, primarily for its application to warfare (the arc of a siege engine’s projectile is well described by basic kinematics), but also for the design and operation of simple machines such as pulleys or levers.

You may notice your child asking to record your vehicle’s odometer reading on their way to school this week: they will be using this information to calculate their average speed on their way to school.

Start of 4th Quarter and AzMERIT

I hope everyone had a good and refreshing Spring Break. This week we will be taking a practice AzMERIT test to familiarize the students with the format of the test and what tools will be available to use. Then we will review concepts that we have discussed throughout the year to refresh the material for the students.

To help the students review the material, you can help your student(s) go through their notes from this year and have them read and talk about the concepts.

The math AzMERIT tests will take place on Wednesday, March 30 and Friday, April 1.

Literature & Composition: Quarter Ends

We end the third quarter with a look at various poetry selections and analyze them for elements, devices, and theme just as we do our literature texts.  We will then choose favorites to compare with The Raven to end our discussions on the writing of Edgar Allan Poe.

Students need to come back from spring break with our next text:  The Last Battle ISBN #978-0064471084

Have a much deserved and restful spring break!


This past week, we discussed different ways to represent a set of data. This included bar graphs, line graphs, stem-and-leaf plots, box-and-whisker plots, frequency distributions, histograms, frequency polygons, and measures of central tendency. Next week, we will discuss estimating results and review our statistics unit. The students will have their test on Friday over this unit.

Challenge Problem Answers:

HW #85 – #18) 14 to 16; #20) it is multiplied by 2

HW #86 – #9) stem 3, leaf 6; stem 4, leaf 1,3; stem 5, leaf 0,2,5,8; stem 6, leaf 1,2,3; stem 7, leaf 0,1,5

HW #87 – #21) 73.75; #22) x=83